The actress who plays Marilyn Monroe in a new film about the late starlet has claimed her ghost chucked things about when she was displeased.

Ana de Armas claims that the Hollywood legend’s spirit was present when filming and that it helped her to “channel” the icon for the role.

Blonde got its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, with mainly positive reviews, and will be available to stream on Netflix on September 28.

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Cuban-Spanish Ana said that while Marilyn’s ghost was “happy”, she did on occasion lose her temper.

The 34-year-old told reporters: "I truly believe that she was very close to us. She was with us.

"I think she was happy.

“She would also throw things off the wall sometimes and get mad if she didn't like something

"Maybe this sounds very mystical, but it is true. We all felt it."

Director Andrew Dominik said that the Netflix film started filming on August 4, the anniversary of her death in 1962 from an overdose when she was just 36.

The initial scenes were shot in the same apartment where Marilyn, then called Norma Jeane Baker, had lived with her mentally ill mother.

The death scene was also shot in the same room where the famed actress had died.

"It definitely took on elements of being like a seance," said Dominik, who spent more than a decade trying to bring the book of the same name by Joyce Carol Oatesby to the screen.

Even though de Armas had a strong Spanish accent, Dominik said he was convinced she could play the demanding lead role after seeing her in a 2015 film Knock Knock.

Ana admitted that she knew little about Monroe, one of the most iconic stars of the Hollywood Golden Age of cinema, when she took the role, but said she immersed herself in the character before filming started.

Ana said: "She was all I thought about, she was all I dreamt about, she was all I could talk about, she was with me and it was beautiful.

Blonde, which also stars Adrien Brody and Julianne Nicholson, is one of 23 films competing for the main Golden Lion award which will be handed out on September 10.

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